Coronavirus funding for businesses affected by Omicron control measures

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What does this involve?

Funding is available for businesses affected by measures introduced in December 2021 to control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Breweries

The Scottish Brewers Support Fund 2022 will provide financial support to breweries impacted by the restrictions and guidance introduced to control the Omicron variant from 9 December 2021 to 24 January 2022. Eligible breweries do not need to apply but will be contacted directly by their local authority to confirm eligibility. 

View guidance and eligibility for breweries on the Scottish Government website.

Close contact services

The Close Contact Services Fund will provide a one-off payment to support eligible close contact service businesses impacted by the COVID restrictions and guidance introduced from 9 December 2021 to 24 January 2022 to control the Omicron variant. More details on how to apply will be available shortly.

View guidance and eligibility for close contact services on the Scottish Government website.

Creative freelancers

This fund is now closed. Creative freelancers working in the arts, screen and creative sectors who are experiencing immediate financial hardship because of cancellations and deferrals can apply for the COVID-19 Cancellation Fund for Creative Freelancers.

View guidance and eligibility for freelancers on the Creative Scotland website.

Cultural organisations

Cultural organisations which have been financially impacted by the cancellation or postponement of cultural activity due to take place from 27 November 2021 to 31 March 2022 can apply for the COVID-19 Cancellation Fund for Cultural Organisations. Guidance notes are now available to help you prepare to apply. Applications are now open and will close at 2pm on 2 February 2022.

View guidance and eligibility for cultural organisations on the Creative Scotland website.

Events sector

Events businesses which have been affected by the new COVID restrictions in December 2021 and January 2022 and have previously received funding through either of the Event Industry Support Funds or the Pivotal Event Businesses Fund will be eligible for a top-up payment. Eligible businesses will be contacted directly from 28 January.

Read more about eligibility and criteria on the VisitScotland website.

Hospitality businesses

Hospitality businesses which have lost bookings during the festive trading period and previously received support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund will receive a top-up payment. Eligible businesses will be contacted directly by their local authority.

View guidance and eligibility for hospitality on the Scottish Government website.

Hospitality and leisure businesses

Hospitality and leisure business that are impacted by the requirements for physical distancing and capacity limits that came into force from 27 December 2021 and previously received support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund will receive a top-up payment. Eligible businesses will be contacted directly by their local authority.

View guidance and eligibility for hospitality and leisure businesses on the Scottish Government website.

Nightclubs

The Nightclub Closure Fund will provide financial support to eligible nightclubs that are required to close to members of the public. Nightclubs which have previously received support will be contacted and asked to complete an application by 14 January 2022.

Read guidance and eligibility for nightclubs on the Scottish Government website.

Public houses

The Public House Table Service Restrictions Fund will provide financial support to public houses that were required to introduce table service to help control the spread of COVID Omicron from December 2021. Eligible businesses will need to complete the application form which will be available on the Scottish Government website soon.

Read guidance and eligibility for public houses on the Scottish Government website.

Taxis and private hire

The Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund 2022 will provide a one-off payment to eligible drivers and operators. Local authorities will make a further payment to all drivers and operators who previously received a grant through the Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund in 2021.

Read guidance and eligibility for taxis and private hire on the Scottish Government website. 

Tourism sector

Parts of the tourism sector previously supported by VisitScotland will be eligible for funding including coach operators, day tour operators, hostels, inbound tour operators, outdoor and marine and visitor attractions.

View guidance for the tourism sector on the VisitScotland website.

Wedding sector

The Scottish Wedding Industry Fund Top-Up will support businesses whose trade was impacted by the measures to control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in December 2021 and January 2022. Eligible businesses will receive an additional 12.5% of their original grant awards and will be contacted directly by the enterprise agencies from the 20 January 2022. Businesses will be contacted by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Scottish Enterprise or South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE), depending on the geographic area in which the business is located.

View guidance for the wedding sector on the Scottish Enterprise website.

Wholesale food and drink

A further round of the Scottish Wholesale Food and Drink Resilience Fund will run in January 2022.

Am I eligible?

Funding is available for Scottish businesses in the following sectors affected by the coronavirus measures introduced in December 2021:

  • close contact services
  • creative sector
  • events sector
  • hospitality
  • leisure
  • nightclubs
  • taxi and private hire drivers and operators
  • tourism sector, including inbound tour operators
  • wedding sector supply chain
  • wholesalers affected by hospitality cancellation

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Scottish businesses in sectors affected by the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) measures from December 2021.

How long does this take?

Top-up payments for hospitality, leisure, nightclubs and taxi and private hire will be made as soon as possible in January. Timescales will vary depending on the specific fund.

Next steps

If you have read all the information and guidance provided and still have questions about the Scottish Government's most recent support for businesses, please email covidbusinesssupport@gov.scot

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